Titleist AP1 714 Irons
Category: Game-Improvement Irons
Price: $799, steel; $999, graphite
WE TESTED: 4-W with True Temper XP95 steel shaft; 4-W with Kuro Kage 65 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Tungsten weighting in the long and mid-irons contributes to a higher MOI. A cambered sole with a pre-worn leading edge improves turf interaction.
PLAYABILITY: Consistent medium-high trajectory that wants to go straight; noticeably more workability than many other models in the category; the sole cuts through the turf with ease.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: One of the better performers in the test; easy to get up in the air and hit straight -- very good directional correction; shots seem to go to the target without a lot of distance loss no matter how you hit them; made for target golf.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Repeatable swings yield the same yardages just about every time; overall length is good—often similar to testers’ own sticks; approach shots with mid- and short-irons deliver plenty of birdie chances.
FEEL: One of the top-ranked irons; nice balance with more than ample stability; solid shots send a positive message to the hands while misses are muted; typical Titleist “click” at impact feels just right.
LOOK: Very clean at address with minimal offset and a beveled topline; a classy, low-key cavity design and color scheme are popular with most of the testers.
Some testers prefer a slightly heavier feel through the swing; a few guys don’t find the club demonstrably better than the previous AP1; the longish blade lengths, visually, aren’t to everyone’s liking.
BOTTOM LINE: One of the best irons tested. The AP1 simply makes a round of golf more enjoyable to play.
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